1771 Roble Grande RD
Calendar of Events
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Russ Stewart from the San Diego Hunting Retriever Club will be our guest speaker for our membership meeting on the 10th. He is an AKC certified judge and has judged many AKC hunt tests. He is going to explain the Retriever hunt test, how it works, how to qualify, scoring, and the tests in general.
Training Day at Prado
Ronnie Smith Seminar
GSP Club of San Diego AKC Hunt Test
1st Annual COHA Pheasant Hunt
Trained Retrieve Seminar with Sharon Potter
Upcoming Special Events
First let me clarify by saying that the seminars are not geared towards dogs that have a lot to learn, they are geared towards dog handlers that have a lot to learn. Both seminars are geared to teach you how to teach the dog. They are both interactive in that you bring your dog and handle your dog through each exercise under the guidance of Ronnie or Sharon.
The Ronnie Smith Seminar is a 2-day seminar (Friday evening introduction, full day Sat, and full day Sunday). He starts out by teaching you to be the alpha, the chain gang, the command lead, then goes on to check cording and overlaying an e-collar, to the whoa post, and then touches only slightly on the force fetch. It has been held in the past at Rancho Jamul. It is going to be held on March 5th - 7th. The cost is $350.00. You can find all the info on www.huntsmith.com
The Sharon Potter seminar is 100% the trained retrieve, or force fetch. We set up 3 training tables here in my yard. Itís you, the dog, and Sharon. There is a Friday evening introduction then itís all day Sat, and all day Sunday. Cost is $350.00. The seminar dates are April 16, 17, 18th. The timing is perfect for the summers around here. Since the training is scaled down due to the heat, foxtails, and snakes, we do all of our force fetching during the summer. There is more information about the process on her website at www.redbranchkennels.net
Time is running out - Register today!
A training day was conducted by Mary Sarmiento February 13th.
The San Diego Sporting Dog Club held a shoot to retrieve on Saturday, February 20th, 2010. We persevered through intermittent rain and had a fun event. Several Members stayed afterwards and did retriever training. Thanks to everyone that ran their dogs and helped run the event. Special thanks those who volunteered their time and did not run dogs, Pam Felgenhauer who judged and Donald Flanagan who spent all day planting birds.
*Jimmie Phillips Shooting.
2010 SDSDC Gun Raffle
You will soon be getting raffle tickets in the mail for our annual gun raffle. This year we are raffling off the following
two guns; one 12 gauge and one 20 gauge. They are as follows:
Biff Ellington and his dog Misty won the Steady Division at Inland Valley Retriever Club's Super Singles on Saturday Feb 6th. Great job Biff and Misty!
General Meeting Report
Bob Smith from the San Diego County Wildlife Federation was our guest speaker. Bob presented a report on the progress of the Honey Springs Sporting Dog Training Facility. Honey Springs is a joint project between DFG Region 5 and the San Diego County Wildlife Federation. DFG is providing the property that will be dedicated to training sporting dogs. The SDCWF is providing Project planning, Funding via grants, and organizing volunteer efforts.
Progress to date includes a fenced parking area, restoration of the well and the installation of a water storage tank and water lines. A topographic survey has also been completed.
The SDCWF meets bi-monthly with the DFG to discuss issues, progress and needed actions. The Project Plan Evaluation has been submitted to DFG. Ongoing discussions concerning the requirements for the dog training facility continue as do negotiations for relief from Title 14 regulatory constraints.
In the future, SDCWF expects to have a detailed pond design by the end of the year. Will begin the regulatory approval process. Will hope to have the facility open for use by September 1st 2010. The pond construction schedule will depend on the regulatory approval process and grant funding.
The SDCWF would like the San Diego Sporting Dog Club to encourage members to volunteer for work days at Honey Springs. Help with the project through occasional small financial donations and forward any information on companies or individuals skilled in engineering, environmental, construction and regulatory expertise.
The San Diego County Wildlife Federation is looking forward to the day Honey Springs is open. And hopes the San Diego Sporting Dog Club will use it once it opens.
The Board of Directors will discuss contributing to the SDCWF at the next Board Meeting, March 3rd at the Greenwell's. All members are encouraged to volunteer at Honey Springs. Go to the SDCWF website for dates or look for them on our calander. They will be posted as they become available.
Items brought up for discussion were bird planting at the January Shoot to Retrieve. It was suggested that we train more members to plant so people don't have to be out there all day and all planters be trained to plant the birds consistently.
As of the February 10th meeting 18 members of our 53 members had not renewed for 2010.
Around the Fire Hydrant
Dog Portraits (and other art):
For your shooting needs:
For Sale & Must Have
FOR SALE: English Setter Puppies, only 2 left, males born 8/1/09, Orange and White, current shots, de-wormed, dew claws removed. Field Dog registered. $100 OBO each to good homes. Contact Cindy Toothacre 858-663-2234 or email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Needs A Home: English Spinger Spaniel
FOR SALE: Command Leads and Leather Collars Ė Call Steve Sarmiento for details. 619-701-2089
FOR SALE: Rooster Pheasant training birds for sale $15.00. Contact Steve Sarmiento at 619-659-9393
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